I’m working on a post for next week about body positivity for girls, and I ran across a report from Common Sense Media called Children, Teens, Media, and Body Image. I’m not familiar with this organization, and I don’t know their biases. However, many of their findings ring true to me.
- Many kids and teens in the US are unhappy with their bodies. Body image is developed early, with children as young as 5 expressing dissatisfaction with their bodies.
- Body image is affected by many factors including family, peers, media, and our larger culture.
- Mainstream media promotes images of unrealistic, sexualized bodies of girls and women. Being exposed to this media puts girls at risk for developing a negative self image.
Common Sense Media highlighted their report in this infographic (PDF version here):